How to Teach Children Symmetry

I consider symmetry to be one of the most important math concepts that Kindergartners learn. It seems an easy concept to teach, but many children have difficulty grasping the concept. I use pictures of butterflies and have the kids color them in symmetrically and asymmetrically--and in the process--they learn both terms. Here are some steps to teaching symmetry.

Explain to the children that the concept of symmetry means "same on both sides." Show them examples of things that are and are not symmetrical.

Give the students this butterfly to color in. I do not show them an example of a symmetrical butterfly; I want to see which students can grasp the concept without seeing an example.

Give them the second butterfly sheet with two butterflies and ask them to color one of them symmetrically and the other asymmetrically.

Give them one more sheet with four butterflies and ask them to color all of them symmetrically.

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Kurt began his teaching career in 1995 and immediately starting looking for ways to update the traditional kindergarten curriculum. His model was simple: Build a theme around what 5-year-olds like to do and create activities around those themes. His teaching style offers fun and creative curriculums that allow children to explore and learn on their own while adhering to state academic standards. Kurt created Rock and Roll Kindergarten as a “rebellious” alternative to traditional practices.